tv ABC News Good Morning America ABC September 29, 2009 7:00am-9:00am EDT
this tuesday, september 29th. put puling out all the presidential stops. president obama, michelle obama and oprah winfrey, travel across the world to make a bid for chicago to get the next olympics. will they come home with the gold? or empty-hande a 31-year prosecutorial obsession. roman polanski's lawyers have filed for release. and his hollywood agent joins us live. travolta trial. the woman at the center of the extortion case, accused of burning a key document, as travolta's bodyguard takes the stand. and growing up gotti. the daughter of america's most famous real-life godfather tells family secrets. why she was near tears at her wedding. and what she saw of life inside wedding. and what she saw of life inside the mob. captions paid for by abc, inc. and good morning, america. diane sawyer and robin roberts.
think of it as another olympic event. when the president travels to copenhagen, denmark, to charm, persuade, and get the bid for chicago. >> critics were saying the president should not leave the country in the middle of a health care debate. but the president says he wants to know he did all he could to bring the 2016 games to his adopted hometown. >> and abc's yunji de nies has the story. talked to the first lady. and has the details. >> reporter: good morning, diane. the first lady leaves tonight. she told me that theloves are off. and she likened this competition to the final days of a campaign. she, the president and oprah, are leaving nothing to chance. the white house calls them the dynamic duo. they're out to bring home the gold, with oprah by their side. does the president still think this is really a competition? or does he think he has it in the bag? >> our president never takes anything for granted.
i think the whole strategy here is to roll up our sleeves. work hard until the absolute last vote is counted. >> reporter: so, who's voting? the 106 members of the international olympic committee. largely made up of european, aristocratic men. only 16 women in the bunch. a mix of vips, royalty, and former olympians. insiders say the members like to be courted. british prime minister tony blair won the 2012 games for london with that in mind. >> tony blair went to his hotel room and brought in one, after the other, individually, the members of the ioc in the critical swing countries. and he lobbied them hard. he committed to them that the games would be successful. and that made all the difference in the world. >> reporter: over the years olympic city selections have been plagued with scandals. members trading votes for vacations, cash, even plastic surgery. la lately, they have favored world leaders.
blair won for win. and vladimir putin won for 2014. the obamas may be popular. but the competition is fierce. the president of brazil is coming, along with plenty of blue blood. the king and queen of spain. and the prince and princess of japan. mrs. obama says her presentation will be very personal. and that just may work. >> some may be swayed at the last moment. that's why it makes a difference to make a great performance at that last session. >> reporter: we asked mrs. obama if the president is taking a political risk by going. what happens if they come back empty-handed? she said, just like in a campaign, you never want to feel like you could have done more. so, they're pulling out every stop. robin? >> that, they are. yunji, thank you so much. if you were wondering why we were showing mitt romney, he was the ceo of the organizing committee that brought the olympics to salt lake city in 2002. for more, we turn to
christine brennan. you were there in salt lake. you've been covering olympics since 1984. have you ever seen anything like this? >> never, robin. this is extraordinary. just rock stars, showing up left and right. i think the obamas are doing the right thin the president didn't have much of a choice. being from chicago. had to do this. but the question will be simply, is the ioc members will want to get their pictures taken with him. they'll want to shake his hand. get his autograph. after they do that, will they vote for rio or madrid? they're favored, the ones that have been courting them for several years. in many ways, this is like school student council elections. who you're friends with, who you like, who you talked to last. the obamas know that. and they're walking into this with their eyes wide-open. >> there's no way of knowing, dealing with the ioc, if this will work. you bring up madrid, tokyo, and rio. these are the top finalists. handicap it for us.
they're sending heads of state, too. >> yeah. i think chicago will pull this off. i do think that. whether it's obama. it's a right time for the u.s. city to get the olympics again. but rio is the favorite right now, robin. and the reason for that is the olympics have never been in south america, before. they can open up a new continent for the olympic games. that's very significant. i wouldn't be surprised to hear rio named finally. and there will be several ballots. the big battle is to see who goes, when they knock out the lowest vote-getter. who gets those votes in the second round? that's where the jockeying for position is. and madrid, spain hosted the 1992 olympics in barcelona. t madrid is helped by the former ioc president, juan antonio samaranch, 89 years old, who can twist a lot of arms and call in a lot of favors. there's very much this kind of horse race going on behind the scenes. whoever shows up, royalty, presidents, a lot of it is who
you know. who you like. it's the oldest of the old boys' network. and you cannot handicap this completely. >> christine brennan, thank you for your insight. we'll be talking to you between now and then. now, chris cuomo has another breaking story out of chicago. >> four teenagers under arrest, charged with the beating death of a 16-year-old. police caught a major break, taken by a cell phone video taken by a witness. barbara pinto is in chicago. she's following the developments for us this morning. good morning, barbara. what do we know? >> reporter: good morning, chris. police are crediting that grainy cell phone video, what with they're calling the first round of arrests in this case. four teenagers, the youngest only 16, all charged in the very adult crime of murder. honor student, derrion albert, talked home from school. and into this. a vicious street fight between rival groups. albert, in the black shirt and tan pants, is clubbed in the
head, with a wooden plank. when he tries to get up, others bunch and stomp him, until the 16-year-old stops moving. he died hours later. by all accounts, albert was a homebody, who loved computers, his church, and bible study. >> we lost a really dear friend in my grandson. >> reporter: albert is the third chicago student murdered in the three weeks since school started here. the latest in what seems like chicago's endlescycle of children killing children. >> enough is past enough. we have to change some things and start it today. >> reporter: clergy, classmates, and albert's family, held a vigil at the scene of the beating. police have stepped up patrols in the neighborhood. but for derrion albert, this is all too little, too late. >> lovmy grandson. and to lose him like this, not even knowing -- just so senseless. >> reporter: now, police are expecting more arrests in this
case. with chicago in the world spotlight with its olympic bid, this is not the kind of attention this city wants. chris? >> no. it isn't. barbara, thank you very much this morning. the man accused of planning a terrorist attack in new york is due in court today. najibullah zazi is expected to plead not guilty in charges of using weapons of mass destruction. authorities are looking for three accomplices, who helped zazi buy 18 bottles of beauty products, to make bombs. the secret service is investigating what it calls a threat against president obama's life, posted on facebook. a survey question asked whether the president should be assassinated. one answer choice was, quote, yes, if he cuts my health care. facebook has removed the poll. our pierre thomas will have more on this in the next half hour. overseas this morning, in the philippines, the death toll from the worst flooding in decades has jumped to 240 at least. nearly 2 million people are seeking shelter.
and another storm may hit on friday. we'll keep watching that. former alaska governor, sarah palin, has pinnished her memoir. it's entitled, "going rouge in america." what did i say, rouge? going rogue. let me see this for a second. >> you're right. it was misspelled. >> thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. going rogue. finally -- >> i'm going rouge. moving on. finally, the miracle on the hudson river is going back to work. captain chesley sully sullenberger, will return to the cockpit soon. he's getting a new job on the u.s. airway safety management team. >> got a little rouge on that, too. >> i like it. i like going rouge, better, by the way. i think it makes more sense. >> well, rouge is often rogue. you know? you never know. sam champion is in chicago this morning.
>> speaking of going rogue, we are. we're here for the cold air that's coming in. it's that time of year, when you get cooler temperatures. chicago is on the edge, waiting for the big announcement on friday. they're part of a big announcement we'll talk about today, in a nationwide campaign of volunteerism. we'll start in the midwest, with cold temperatures. and also some frost and freeze advisories. you can see, it's nebraska. it's bismarck, it's pierre, it's fargo, duluth, and madison. look at the northeast, as well. after an evening of storms, some warmer temperatures yesterday, it looks like we're getting into cooler air inland. and comfortable temperatures right along the shoreline. 75 in boston. 70 new york. 75 in boston. 70 new york. 73 in d.
>> a very good morning, meteorologist brian van de graaff. a cool start today with temperatures in the 40's. as we go through the day, you'll notice the wind. they will pick up later today. it will gust to near 30. sunshine will be prevalent but clouds will come in this afternoon. tomorrow will still be breezy and cool and potentially warmer thursday with showers and when we come back, we'll have a little announcement on a nationwide, very positive movement, diane. and only are you giving a little, you're getting a little
back. that's a little tease. we'll talk about it in the next half hour. >> okay, sam. thanks to you. no we go to the growing debate over arrest of oscar winning director, roman polanski. his attorneys say they will file a motion today, asking for his release from a swiss prison. and many of his colleagues are coming to his defense as he fights extradition. nick watt is in zurich with the latest. >> reporter: polanski's lawyers have filed that petition, demanding his release. but the judge said his decision could take a few weeks. also this morning, we know a lot more about how this arrest went down. the zurich film festival website was, in the end, roman polanski's downfall. investigators in los angeles, noticed they were selling tickets to a roman polanski appearance, sunday night. he was being given an award. through diplomatic channels, the swiss police were asked to arrest him on arrival.
and polanski walked into the trap. he's been hunted since 1978, during visits to khanna, germany, thailand, brazil. and twice, investigators thought he was headed for britain. twice, british cops were asked to arrest him. twice, for whatever reason, he just didn't show up. polanski, who admitted to having sex with a minor in 1977, before fleeing to france, has some powerful supporters. movie mogul, harvey weinstein, has made this statement. we're calling onvery filmmaker we can, to help fix this situation. debra winger is on the judge panel of the zurich film festival. >> we stand by, awaiting his release. >> reporter: and on "the view." >> i think the punishment at this point, may be excessive. >> it's really hard to understand why anyonwouldn't appreciate the need for a man who has basically admitted to raping a child, shouldn't be returned to this country to face
justice. no matter how much time has passed. no matter how much you like the guy's movies, he did something really bad. >> reporter: now, last year, polanski's lawyers applied to have all of the charges against him dropped. and suggested the d.a. wasn't really trying to track him down anyway. but that might have spurred investigators into action. and might have led them to polanski's arrest. robin? >> all right, nick. thank you. trying to get more answers now. we're joined by roman polanski's agent, jeff burr. jeff, thank you for getting up and joining us. >> good morning. >> good morning to you. i know you had a chance to talk to mr. polanski's wife and lawyers. what's his state of mind right now? how's he doing? >> roman is in a good state of mind. he's confident. i spoke to his defense lawyer in zurich, and also to his wife, who said that his voice was strong. and he just is looking forward to moving this forward. >> mr. polanski has never tried
to hide his travels. it's well-documented, moving around europe and other places. has a home there in switzerland, where he's now being held. how surprised were you at the timing o this arrest? >> well, the timing is one of many cruel ironys that roman has experienced in his life. he was invited by the zurich festival to receive their life achievement award. there was going to be a retrospective for the past week. he was looking forward to this event. roman was in switzerland all summer. his comings and goings are easily trackable. he does not live in the shadows. he travels freely throughout most of europe and has for the last 30 years. so, the fact that he was picked up, seemed to have no real prior justification behind it because the district attorney's office, according to roman's lawyers in los angeles, has indicated earlier on, that they had no desire to have him extradited. >> you heard at the end of nick
watt's report, that he, in essence, kind of brought this on himself. his defense asking a lot of questions. and that l.a. authorities, when they were said they were really trying to get him, and bring him to justice, that they took this kind of action. you think there's any truth to that? >> no, i don't. the entire narrative surrounding this situation over the last 32 years has been wrought with complications, inconsistencies, including a violation of roman's constitutional rights 32 years ago. this case has been plagued with prosecutorial and judicial misconduct. even in an adversary situation, the prosecutor has a right to preserve and protect roman's rights. that didn't occur. there were ex parte communications between the district attorney's office and the judge. the judge written then, is no longer alive.
but the situation is well-documented in a movie that came out earlier this year, about roman, called "roman polanski, wanted and desired." that's the topic of concern for all of us right now. >> jeff, all that being said, and you've even said this, this was a serious crime. even though it was 30-some years ago. what do you say to his critics, that say even though it's been three decades, that justice hasn't been served yet? >> roman and his attorneys, and i believe it has. roman was incarcerated. roman did time in a state prison. was released. and there was an arrangement that would allow him to be freed. and the case was going to be dropped. and then, things suddenly changed. roman got wind of that and left. but my feeling to his critics is, you have to look at a much more complex situation, surrounding this case. and that has to do with his fundamental rights. >> jeff berg, thank you very
much. i know you'll be talking to him very soon. appreciate your time this morning. thanks. >> thank you. and all of you coffee lovers out there, wake up. something to get your attention this morning. starbucks has been heavily criticized for $3 and $4 coffee drinks. now, they say they've come up with a coffee drink that tastes the same for a lot less. "gma" financial correspondent, bianna golodryga. >> reporter: ah, the coffee wars. from the iced lattes, to the frappuccinos. it seems everyone wants a piece of the billion-dollar industry. and after watching same-store sales take a tumble, starbucks has pulled out the stops to get business back on track. with price reductions, and even the introduction of alcohol in some stores. it seemed to work. sales and profits have rebounded in recent months. and now, there's this. instant coffee. a blast from the past. starbucks ceo, howard schultz,
said it took 20 years to perfect via, instant coffee made like this, that claims to taste as good as the stuff made like this. >> believe it or not, we have completely replicated the taste of starbucks coffee. and i thk most people will not be able to tell the difference. >> reporter: instant coffee is a big business globally, where nestle controls the market. can starbucks make instant coffee hot here in the u.s., where it's sometimes associated with a bygone era. want to get your thoughts on instant coffee. >> hate it. >> reporter: but we wondered, is via really as good as the store-brewed stuff? >> that's the instant. >> reporter: that's the brew. >> okay. >> reporter: and that's the instant. most consumers we talked to could tell the difference. but said both doses did the job. for "good morning america," bianna golodryga, abc news, new york.
>> what do you think? >> this has to be the instant, right? we're doing a taste test. >> i think the rouge is the regular one. and the blue one is the instant. >> not bad. >> i like the instant better than the regular. here we go. sharing, it's what kids do. but every year an average of four million kids get the flu and miss out on sharing. that's why we created goodtoshare.com. here you'll learn how to protect your family from influenza, get facts on the latest vaccination options available from your doctor, and hear what experts have to say on the value of sharing. flu protection has never been more important-- so discover your options at goodtoshare.com.
and, together, we can all be good to share. medimmune. sharing the science of flu protection. it's ough to reach that five servings a day if you don't always like the tate of vegetables. good thing v8 v-fusion juice gives you a serving of vegetables hidden by a serving of fruit. v8. what's your nmber?
activia light!ht yogurt like no other./ delicious, fat free, and above all... the only one that ha bifidus regularis and is clinically roven to help regulate, your digestive system. ha bifidus regularis activia light. ♪ activiaaa! >> live, and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. and good tuesday morning everybody. i am alison starling. it is 7:22. let's begin with a look at traffic. >> we start with some improvement for drivers out of maryland across the wilson bridge. there is a crash and the other side of telegrapher of which has moved on. the lanes are open. traffic is moving nicely in college park. notice the sunshine in there, is making more ride on southbound 95 maryland in a back up out of laurel through beltsville. let's take you to connecticut
ave. there is a crash and the left side which is the inner loop after rockville pike. we will go over to virginia. this is the usual back up on 395 northbound at glebe road. that back up will take you to the 14th street bridge. >> outside, we are in the upper 40's and low 50's. we will continue to seek winds start to pick up through the afternoon. they will gust near 30 at times. that will make it feel cool. sunshine will give way to clouds and it will be mid 60's and upper 60's this afternoon and maybe an isolated sharper and more of the same tomorrow and thursday will be calm. >> we will be right back.
authorities are investigating a pit bull attack in orange county, va. that killed a 23-month-old girl. the toddler was bitten when she wandered into her own backyard on sunday night. the dog has been used and honest. is too much traffic that for your health? montgomery county leaders will introduce legislation today requiring studies on how vehicle exhaust affects children and seniors. the study would be considered before signing off on any new road projects. montgomery county leaders
are giving you a chance to sound off about speed cameras. >> radar, a speed bump, traffic circles and most recently speed camera is. s. there is rage in some drivers. >> i want to pay for these tickets. i would be happy if these cameras appeared. -- disappeared. >> the bangles of that the cameras at least 27 times -- vandals have hit the cameras 27 times. >> we cannot affect could change by using speed cameras. >> the cameras catch speeders.
some drivers disagree and say the cameras do not -- slow people down but make the county money. >> understand people are looking for money anywhere they can. >> the meeting is tonight at 7:00 at the county office building in rockville. lawmakers are taking on the swine flu on capitol hill including the administration of the h1n1 vaccine which will be available next month. take precautions for the seasonal flu. governor martin o'malley hold up seasonal flu. governor martin o'malley hold up his sleeves in glen burnie and
how to get rich, by america's health insurance companies. raise health insurance premiums 4 times faster than wages. pay your ceo twenty four million dollars a year. deny payment for 1 out of every 5 treatments doctors prescribe. if the insurance companies win, you lose. tell congress to rewrite the story. we want good health care we can afford with the choice of a public health insurance option. that, of course, is bernie madoff, before he was sentenced to prison for life. this morning, we have what's
being called a chilling glimpse behind the golden doors of bernie madoff's empire. our brian ross takes us inside the pages of his unprecedented expose, of a man, whose epic deception destroyed fortunes and destroyed lives. and also coming up, all of the supplements that you see on the shelves in the drugstore, the dietary supplements. we know what they're supposed to do. but what do they really do? especially to teens. some parents are taking their concerns all the way to capitol hill. we'll tell you why. this morning, we have testimony in the travolta family extortion case. the security specialist took the stand monday and said he was the one who told his boss that someone was trying to extort money out of him. it's the latest and dramatic testimony about the night 16-year-old jett travolta died. abc's ryan owens has been
following the case and joins us this morning. >> reporter: good morning, diane. john travolta's bodyguard of 23 years is the latest to take the stand in this case. he said the two defendants started threatening travolta, almost as soon as he lost his son. saying if he didn't pay up, they believed were embarrassing to him. in the latest twist of this emotional trial, a police report says the bahamian lawmaker trying to extort millions from john travolta, burned her cop paperwork in the case. this, after she got nervous the case was about to explode. when his son died, requesting he'd be taken to the airport, instead of the local hospital. travolta was hoping to fly him to florida for treatment. the actor eventually changed his mind.
accompanying jett to the hospital, where he was pronou e pronounced dead. as if the cover-up weren't bad enough, there may be a smoking gun, in the form of a videotape, that actually shows the extortion. the new wish of "people" magazine, says the 44-minute conversation took place in a hotel room, not long after jett's death in january. travolta's attorney set up a hidden camera. and began a conversation with paramedic tarino lightbourne, the other man now on trial. the paramedic allegedly demands millions in exchange for the do not transfer form. where the hell did you get a number of 25 million bucks, attorney michael mcdermott asked lightbourne. i was poor all my life, lightbourne says. me and my family were struggling all our life. i wanted to do things for charity all my life. a reporter from "people" magazine heard the tape. >> the extortion attempt only took a few moments. they bargained on a price. the paramedic expressed
reservations on whether or not john travolta's lawyer could be trusted. >> reporter: lightbourne seemed pleased. case closed. case closed. once this is closed, it's buried deeper than the "titanic." >> it's a smoking gun. the question is whether or not this gun is going to be allowed in a courtroom. >> reporter: john travolta has already testified once in this case. he is expected to do so again, perhaps as soon as later today. diane? >> okay, ryan. our thanks to you. and we turn, now, to those parents at congress. >> we're going to turn to capil hill because congress will hold hearings this morning on dietary supplements. and the high number of teen athletes who use them. most supplements are not subject to federal regulation. this question -- the question this morning, however, are they safe for our children? our senior national correspondent, claire shipman, has more, live from capitol hill. good morning, claire. >> reporter: good morning, robin. we're going to learn that in many cases, they are decidedly not safe. and there's almost an epidemic
among youn athletes, high school and college athletes, who are ordering these supplements online, believing they're just going to build their strength. but in some cases, finding their having near-death experiences. the internet is saturated with ads and websites for sports supplements. a wild west industry that's $2 billion and booming. selling products and promises that sometimes seem too good to pass up. giving many athletes the hope for an edge on their opponents. >> i believe around 90% of the players or more, take some kind of supplement. >> reporter: like this one, claiming dramatic strength, that gunther took his first year playing baseball. >> i did research for three or four weeks to make sure i was not taking anything that could harm me. >> reporter: one month later, he was in the hospital. >> i was scratching all over my body. >> reporter: his body shutting down severe liver failure. >> this was on a sunday. and he told me, if i waited until tuesday, i would be dead.
it turns out that superdrol contains methasterone. it acts like testosterone in your body. and it's dangerous. >> yes. mefhastheron is something like a an bollic steroid. it is a hormone. it has all of the dangerous effects that wreak havoc with a young child's hormone levels. >> reporter: but the pressure on young athletes to be bigger, stronger, faster is tremendous. nearly 5% of all teens have admitted to some sort of steroid use. and internet sales are growing, up 50%. >> all you need is a credit card and a computer. the smart chemists out there and evil chemists out there, are exploiting the loophole that allows these to be sold. >> reporter: his liver will forever be at risk. and he had to give up his baseball dreams. >> it was life-long, lasting thing that happened to me. >> reporter: and, robin, we
asked the leading industry association, they're testifying today, alongsidef these witnesses, if there's anything that can be done. they said, they want nothing more than to weed out these seedy, fly-by-night, designers of these steroids and separate themselves, the people who make healthy supplements. by the way, the makers of superdrol are now out of business. the new owners of that company, say they no longer manufacture it. robin? >> good to hear. many anxious to see what's going to happen today. claire, thank you very much. have a good day. it's 36 minutes after the hour. let's get the weather again. sam champion in his -- i'm going to say in his adopted hometown. good morning, sam. >> it is kind of my adopted hometown. we told you we were going to have a big announcement for chicagoland. and we do. it's a big gro of volunteers that are right here. this school just last year, only 30% of the students made the grade. chicago public schools decided to change that. and then, all of these
volunteers got in here, as well, to help clean up the school, inside and out. we're going to talk a little about that. and we're going to show it to you later this morning. but this is part of a big program that's nationwide and then some, because toronto's involved in this, as well. right now, in miami, even as we speak, in cities all across this country, we're going to show you pictures of miami, where volunteers are out, cleaning up the miami river. they're working with the miami river commission there. and so, volunteerism, big thing this year. and we're going to show you how easy it is to find something in your community. most of us feel -- i want to help, but i don't know what to do. we're going to show you the largest, nationwide organization, that has efforts already ongoing that you can join and be a part of. and then, you can kind of see by the hand here. we have another announcement, where if you give a little, you get a little, too. we're going to do that next half hour. let's get to the boards. we're going to start with the northwest. a big storm system kind of changes things around there. we're talking about mountain snow at 4,000 feet in the cascades and also into the rockies there. you're going to have a different
time in the next couple of days. also, we'rtalking about it this morning. the cooler air that's working into chicago. but fargo's even cooler. there's some areas that are around freezing. look at bismarck and duluth. a quick look at the big board, see what your weathe >> a around here, we have temperatures in the upper 40's. the forecast today calls for sunset this morning and closed this afternoon and windy and cold, upper all that weather was brought to you by mercedes-benz. robin, as we said, in the next half hour, if we're all thinking about projects we can do, but we don't know how to do it, we're going to link you to a big organization that has projects probably right in your hometown yop you give a little. you get a little back. >> looking forward to that, sam. all right, sam, thanks.
coming up next, the rise and fall of bernie madoff. brian ross is here, with a first look inside his new book. a chilling glimpse, coming up a shiny coat of paint? a list of features? what about the strength of the steel, the integrity of it's design? or how it responds in extreme situations. the deeper you look, the more u see the real differences. and the more you understand what it means to own a mercedes-benz. the c-class. see your authorized mercedes-benz dealer for special offers through mercedes-benz financial.
we don't think you can find anyone who knows more about the bernie madoff scandal, than our chief investigative correspondent, brian ross. and he has written a new book, answering all those questions we all had all this time. and also, a stunning, personal detail about the madoffs, called "the madoff chronicles, inside the cred the secret world of bernie and ruth." and it hits bookstores now. good to see you. >> good to be here. >> i kept reading the pages going, what? let's start with that scene we saw daily over and over again, of the apartment windows. and we looked and imagined what was going on inside, particularly when the curtains closed. and you say, some of the time,
at least -- >> some of the times, they walked around naked, bernie and ruth. there were cameras there, under the house arrest terms. they were told, we can see you. they would sit around at the kitchen table, in this fabulous penthouse apartment. and ruth would talk about the gentiles being responsible for this. and bernie was almost oblivious. here, he had been caught in the largest ponzi scheme, he was going through. what boards do i have to resign? told that one of his victims had committed suicide. madoff's reaction, was, well that guy couldn't pick a stock if his life depended on it. almost as if he blamed the victim. >> low do you know this? >> we had people that gave us inside access. we have a very good picture in this book of what was going on. >> another portrait you paint, is ruth's relationship to their two sons. and he's called their behavior unconscionable and outrageous? >> they're furious with the
sons. and the sons claim they did not know until the day before the arrest. madoff took them to the apartment. revealed he was a fraud. they were upset. one was on the floor crying. he said, give me a week before you turn me into the fbi. and you turn me in, so you look innocent. they went to the lawyers and said, we're going to prosecutors right now. they went that day to the prosecutors. and their lawyer said, don't take to your father. don't talk to your mother, even, again, until this is resolved. >> and some are reporting right now they're looking at the sons for tax charges at this moment? >> absolutely. there's a civil lawsuit being brought by the bank trustee. they took $30 million in so-called loans from their father. it was the investors' money that they stole. but they never declared that as income, which could be tax aud. >> we should tell everyone there's a chapter on the s.e.c. there's bernie madoff sweating bullets they're going to discover things.
and, of course, they're looking right over an elephant in the room. >> absolutely. >> and you details how this happens. >> and they asked him, diane, where are all the stocks you had? he said, this depository trust company holds them. he knew it was a lie. it was a friday afternoon. they took his word. never checked it out. >> never called. >> if they had done that, that would have been the end of the scam. >> the other portrait, is a man who had two personalities. at least two. on the 19th floor, on the public floor, he knew down to the detail of the picture frame what he wanted on every, single desk of every employee. but on the 17th floor, where all this was going on, it was sort of paper clips and rubber bands holding together chaos. >> someone called it your crazy aunt's basement. that's where the scam was operated. they created phony statements and put together the whole operation. this inner circle of people. and there, no dress code. people wore, you know, the shorts and hanging -- upstairs
on the 19th floor, very, very formal. as you say, high-tech-looking. but the scam place was secret. >> one thing i wondered was, what did he say to himself about where this was going to end, as it climbed higher and gher toward disaster. and you have here, a statement that he told a visitor, i just somehow hope the world would end. and that would have been a way out. >> he had no other way out. and he knew that was it. and he thought he could keep this going. he told visitors that this had started early on in his career. in the 1960s, when he first opened business. when ruth was keeping the books for him. and he had about a year of sleepless nights and said, i can do this. i can get away with this. >> again, it's filled with extraordinary detail. and in some ways, a love story, at the center of it, too. and also, a great tragedy for all those who came in contact with him. and you have to read it. it's an excerpt you can see right now on "madoff chronicles"
[ announcer ] soy has been in ancient china, soy was such an important food... that the emperor declared it sacred. in japan, buddhist monks believed eating soy... was healthier for the body and spirit. for thousands of years, cultures around the world... have eaten soy for its health benefits. which is why today, we take whole soybeans, in their natural state, and bake them with fruit into soyjoy.
i've got good news. you need more fiber. huh? don't worry, it tastes great. froot loops now with 3 grams of fiber. it makes your tummy happy so it can absorb the good stuff you need, which your mom is gonna love. it does taste great. fiber is a great way to keep ya healthy. i can never read these things. kellogg's froot loops and apple jacks cereals, now provide fiber. kellogg's makes fiber fun. we speak car. sure, but do we speak hybrid? yes, we do.
and we can say 700 miles on a single tank and epa estimated 41 mpg city and all the words stick because they're true. we speak the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan in america. we speak the 2010 ford fusion hybrid. get in... and drive one. there's nothing more important than our health. so when it comes to health reform, we need a solution that works for all of us. now the president and congress have a plan that combines the best ideas, from democrats and republicans, business owners and workers, doctors, nurses and patients. a plan that keeps bureaucrats out of your health care you choose your own doctor, make your own decisions,
she's written a book about her family and her life. and she's here to talk about growing up gotti with us. and also, the holidays are going to be here before you know it. what if the things you do right now can ensure you'll have happier christmas? because you can save so much money on travel, there are amazing bargains. and by the way, some of the travel bargains are two weeks in october. be there and be smart. and mellody hobson will tell you how to do it. >> are we talking about the holidays already? it's barely chilly outside. >> i already got your present. >> really? what did you get? >> we should do a story about that. >> right. sales. >> we'll be back. ♪ ♪
♪ ♪ with two scoops! of raisins harvested at the peak... of sweetness, and golden flakes of bran... with 28% of their daily fiber, nothing gets your family's day off to a brighter start... than the goodness of kellogg's raisinran cereal. feed their sunny side. than the goodness of kellogg's raisinran cereal. really bad. then we learned that a flu shot can reduce the risk of getting the flu by up to 70%. we got our flu shots at cvs pharmacy. best thing we ever did. yes, indeed. [ laughs ] come in to get a flu shot today and get a $100 coupon book just for stopping by. go to cvs.com to find a flu shot location near you. cvs pharmacy. ♪ there's only one word for this ♪ ♪ it's bliss ♪ only one word describes chocolate this creamy,
how to get rich, by america's health insurance companies. raise health insurance premiums 4 times faster than wages. pay your ceo twenty four million dollars a year. deny payment for 1 out of every 5 treatments doctors prescribe. if the insurance companies win, you lose. tell congress to rewrite the story. we want good health care we can afford with the choice of a public health insurance option.
welcome back everybody. good morning on tuesday. i am alison starling with your local update. let's look at traffic and weather. >> it is a good morning except for 270 southbound with a backup from route 82109. -- route 80 to 109. here we are live on 270 at montrose road. you can get a feel for the pace. here is newschopper7 in virginia. traffic on the left is eastbound 66 per that the light is off and on from 29, centreville. we will take you to the dulles greenway, slowing after you pay the money to get on to the dulles toll road. that's where you get to pay again. >> it is in the 50's right now.
we have a bit of a breeze out there that will kick up through the afternoon. behind this storm is turning in the eastern part of canada. it is much cooler than we are used to and a few clouds will come in this afternoon. plans have stalled on a major project to compile information about d.c. schools. the city had fired the contractor in charge for missing a series of deadlines. the $12 million database is meant to attract students and teacher grow. democratic virginia governor creigh deeds will pick up a key endorsement today and an creigh deeds will pick up a key endorsement today and an announcement is expected te
growing up we didn't have much, but education was always a priority. my mom sent me off to college with just four 20-dollar bills. so i know that education is the best investment virginia can make for our children and in our future. narrator: endorsed for governor by classroom teachers for his record protecting our schools... creigh deeds' plan to rebuild our economy starts with education. more accountability... and expanded college opportunities. creigh deeds. no one more committed to our children's future. no leader more prepared to move virginia forward.
godfather. he was one of the world's most feared mob bosses. now, his daughter is breaking her silence, revealing secrets about growing up gotti. plus, don't let money leave you out in the cold. how to save right now for the happiest of holiday seasons. and shs up for the cma top vocalist of the year. and she's up early this morning just for you. the phenomenal miranda lambert performs live. ♪ miranda lambert is coming up. alongside diane, i'm robin, on this tuesday, september 29th. and great news for all of you. if you love "everybody loves raymond," patricia heaton is back. it's a brand-new series. and she calls it a love letter to ordinary people who struggle every day. and she's going to tell us all
about that. >> and we saw her coming into the studio right now. she looks fantastic. plus, one of our faves. john stamos, singing and dancing his heart out, on broadway. can i get a whoop out there. i heard you. and a highly-anticipated revival. it's the first-ever of the classic "bye-bye birdie." and he's going to be here with a preview. woo. but first, we want to introduce you -- we call it a drop-by. happens to be in the studio with us. larry fitzgerald jr., a football player. come on in. how are you? >> good to see you. >> this is diane. plays for the arizona cardinals. you saw him in the super bowl. didn't turn out the way you wanted last year. but so fantastic in how you played. you're ao here because you're a designer of ice cream. larry's created a new ice cream flavor for cold stone creamery. it's part of your effort. breast cancer awareness month is
coming up next month. you're doing this for yourom. >> i'm proud to be a partner with cold stone creamery. we're able to make some great ice cream and raise some money for breast cancer awareness. it's close to home. and it's an honor to have this opportunity. >> your mom was so brave in her battle with breast cancer. tell us about her. >> mom was a courageous woman. she fought for a lot of efforts back home in minneapolis. i'm doing this to honor her and so many mothers and wives around the country. anytime we can do that, that's a great cause. >> he's so mean on the football field. right now, he's so soft-spoken. >> and he's made ice cream. >> your friends are going to have a good time with this. but this is very important because you have teamed up with them. and proceeds will help go to breast cancer research. this is a flavor. this is heaven 11. 11 is your number. >> yes, it is. people back home watching, you can go to any cold stone stores around the country or go cold
stone online. and any stores that get heaven 11 ice cream, it represents breast cancer. >> i can't wait for you to go back in the locker room. you have an excused absence. it's a bye week. >> got some for you to try. >> thank you. >> we're going to have some for you all. and, larry, i know this is important to you. and your foundation. and to help with breast cancer research. i know your mom is looking down at you. and you wear the brace because your of mom, don't you? >> yes. big man upstairs is chris cuomo. he's a jets fan. but he was talking about you. thinks you're the best wide receiver. >> the top of thlist of the people who need to come to the jets, by the way. i will buy the ice cream, to be sure. good morning, again, everybody. the afghan national accused of plotting a major terror attack on u.s. soil, is facing a federal judge here in new york today.
najibullah zazi will be arraigned for allegedly planning to target the city's transit systems with explosives made from common beauty products. sources say authorities have now identified three more suspected accompli accomplices. president obama is meeting with his top advisers to consider the sfrat ji for afghanistan. militants battling u.s. troops are planting more roadside bombs than ever. usually killing more civilians than soldiers. just this morning, 30 people, all civilians, died, when their crowded bus hit one of those bombs near kandahar. the secret service is investigating behind who is behind a poll posted on facebook, that asked whether president obama should be killed. our pierre thomas is in washington with the latest on this story for us. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: sources say the secret service will be reaching out to the person behind that facebook poll to see what his intent was. at one point, more than 700
people responded to the poll. if you look at the language, you see why the secret service was so concerned. the poll asked, should obama be killed? the responses included yes, maybe, if he cuts my health care and no. it was posted over the weekend and taken down by facebook by monday, after the secret service notified the company, who was not aware of the survey. the secret service was not concerned about a threat to president obama. but wanted the poll taken down. chris? lawyers for roman polanski has asked a swiss court to release him from jail. polanskias arrested for a warrant in the 1977 rape of a 13-year-old girl. finally, we have a scene of americana straight out of the old west for you. cowboys and cowgirls, and hundreds of buffalo, looking at home on the range. this, the 45th annual buffalo roundup at south dakota's custer state park. this is the world's largest publicly-owned bison herd.
they corralled 1,500 of them successfully. time for the weather. mr. sam champion, a cowboy in his own right. sam? >> good morning, chris. we are, by the way, at the bethune school of excellence, here in chicago. hanging here are the jamiters. if you've been to epcot, chances are, you've run into these guys. there was a big announcement here. not only did it involve the bethune school of excellence. it involved a program that is nationwide and then some. here's the big announcement. >> when you give a day, you will be among to get a free dick et to walt disney world or disneyland. >> he came out here to tell these volunteers that this program kicks off in january. if -- let's just say, you're in your community. you want to volunteer some
place. but you have no idea how to get connected to anything. we will connect you. hand - on, the biggest volunteer organization in the country. they have projects ready to go. you can go to our website, abcnews.com. we'll connect you to the theme park's website. you can find a program in your area that you can get involved in. and when you volunteer a day, you get a free day at the theme park. yes, they're our parent company. but it's still a good idea. let's get to the boards. one or two things to talk about this morning before you head out the door. by the way, last week, it was so awful and so sloppy throughout the deep south. and all that flooding in atlanta. it has been beautiful the last couple of days. it will continue again, from dallas, all the way to the >> a very good morning. clear skies overhead. up to 54 with a few clouds.
it will become partly sunny by lunchtime. mostly cloudy later this afternoon. the winds will be the big story. a gusty, windy day. temperatures will fall back into you taught me a little bit about brush strokes. i feel much better about how this is going. we are live in chicago. we will be here the rest of the morning at the bethune school of excellencend a volunteerism program you can get involved in. >> everyone having fun. sam, thank you. now, what it was really like growing up gotti. for the first time, victoria gotti, daughter of mafia boss, john gotti, is revealing what it was like inside one of organized crime's biggest families. in her book "the family of
mine," breaks her silence. as a mom raising three boys in the reality show "growing up gotti," victoria gotti tried to show us she is just like many other women. trying to be a good role model for her children. >> don't even start. >> reporter: but being the daughter of infamous mafia boss, john gotti, means victoria has had a life that few can comprehend. >> it's who i am. but i do find instance where's i have to explain myself repeatedly. that's not my life. >> reporter: now, victoria has written a memoir, taking us inside the gambino family, the crime syndicate, led by her late father, john. he was 1 of 11 children, in a home of an absent father. john turned early to aife of crime, which included murder, racketeering, extortion, and bribery. known for his fancy suits, the dapper don, constantly eluded capture. being known as the teflon don.
even so, victoria always feared for his life. not until 1992, did the fbi win conviction against gotti. now, victoria is facing a new challenge. her brother, john jr., is in court again, for the fourth time in five years, charged with murder and extortion. and joining us now to talk about her brand-new book, "this family of mine,"s victoria gotti. how are you? >> good morning. >> how are you doing? >> well, thank you. >> read the book. you've written books before. you've written novels. you've written a cook book. never about the family. many of us feel there's this unspoken code that you never talk about. >> right. >> why did you decide to write this book now, victoria? >> at my family's urgence. this has been a tough two years. and at some point, probably around the holidays, my family came to me and said, enough. enough. when are you going to set the record straight? they felt that i was in that
industry. that if anybody should do a book, it shouldn't be strangers around us. it should be me. i was against it at first. kind of fought them on it. went back and forth, just trying to educate them about the ramifications, things that went along with it. and they won out in the end. and i did it. >> you said set the record straight. >> set the record straight. there were so many things that came out in the press, surrounding dad, surrounding my brother, now, with his trial, that did not involve any of us in the family. myself, my mother, the children. it just got to the point where there was no boundaries anymore. everybody was fair game. and no matter what i did, if i published another book, if i did a show, if i did something, worked at a magazine, had a column, it was always the same thing. thing. went back to the same so, it really got repetitive. and it was time. >> you're very candid in the
book. >> candid. i am. >> you're quite candid. >> that was another thing we had discussed. i said to the family, if we're going to do this, it's not halfy. i have to do this. >> it talked about your fathers dealings in the mob. >> yeah. >> and all that he did. and all that entails. and to say, you had no idea. >> no idea. >> how could -- you're a strong woman. you're a smart woman. >> yeah -- >> how did you not know? >> i think you know. and people have asked that question. they'll say to me, something like, you were 10 years old. or you were 8 years old. and the thing is, just that, i say to them, you answered your own question. i was 8 years old. i was 10 years old. you want to believe what you want to believe. what's told to you. >> later in life? >> later in life, things start to come together. you get inklings, pieces of the puzzle. inside the book, i write a story which happened in the mid-'80s. it wasn't until the mid to late-'80s that my sister, my mother and myself really
realized that. and people think that's bizarre. but it's not because we really believed that the tabloid stories were just that, tabloid stories. overembellished. then, we would see things and science and put two and two together. and it's like, what do you do? do you sit down with dad? and say over the dinner table, can we have a talk about this? did you really do -- we were raised with the notion, women were in the kitchen. women did not get involved in men's business. women did not discuss -- there was a time after table dinners, we would have to leave. women would have to leave the room because it was the time for men to socialize. >> and then, you got married. >> i got married. >> 1,500 people at the wedding. you write about it. you say it was kind of like a scene out of "the godfather." there's a picture on the back. great pictures never seen before. there's a picture on the back of the book, and you're in tears. and your husband ended up being in jail. part of the life.
>> everything i did, it unfolded. >> even on your wedding day to have a picture like that. >> i was ambivalent about getting married, period. in the book, i tell the story that i basically wanted to get out from under dad's rule, dad's thumb. he had gotten so overprotective with me, especially in light of the fact that i had developed some serious health problems. he was always hovering, hovering, hovering. it became a constant fight with him. i just couldn't wait. i think then i saw it as a way out. and i couldn't wait to do this. and the moing of, it hit you. i realized i was leaving. i was leaving my mom. i was leaving my sister. i was leaving dad. i was leaving that protective cocoon. wasn't sure i knew this person that i was marrying. a lot of emotions that day. >> you write about the emotions with him. >> it was a tough marriage. >> do you worry about your three boys?
you have three sons? about the -- you know what the family business has been. >> oh, no. that -- that's -- no. that i have instilled in them early on. that, they know, i have to say, as -- as old enough as -- if they were speaking, if they were old enough to comprehend, i would instill that in them. i would drill that in them. this is the way to break mom's heart. this is not the way for you guys. this is not something i want. education was the most important. i have one guy that's one of my boys is on his way to law school, come january, mid semester. i have one that's in the music industry, like it or not. i have one that's at culinary school and wants to open his restaurant, chain of restaurants. but these boys, i think they've seen through trial and error, they know this is not something for them. >> and now, they see their uncle, john jr. and you said, in part, you wrote this because of him. you write in the book, victoria, about the secret ceremony, when he was made a made man.
>> right. >> but you contend that you feel that he got out of the life. that he shouldn't be facing the charges he is now? that's hard for people to believe. >> you know, as john said to me at one point, i've done wh i've done in my life. and i'm not too proud of it. but that was then. this is now. i've walked away. i've chosen this path for myself. i want to go on and raise my children. i want to dance at my daughter's wedding. i want to be there when my son graduates. i've walked away. i left that behind me over ten years ago. why can't people accept that? why can't people accept that i can do this, and will do this, and did do this. that's the point i'm trying to make. >> victoria gotti, thank you for being open and discussing this with us. thank you. >> thank you. >> it's good to meet you. you can read an excerpt of victoria got di's book, "this family of mine," at abcnews.com/books. family of mine," at abcnews.com/books. we'll be right back.
oh, guys, i can see it! they're setting it up right now! is it true? are there really going to be cranberries? yep, i can see the boxes, and there's definitely yogurty clusters in there too! i think this is a 24-hour store. introducing kellogg's® raisin bran extra! with cranberries, almonds and yogurty clusters, it's raisin bran with so much extra. ♪ raisin bran extra! it's a mouthful of awesome! i'm from fayetteville, north carolina, ...and i smoked for 29 years. the one thing about smoking - is it dominates your life, and it dominated mine. and the sad thing about it is that you can always use an excuse if cigarettes don't kill me, oh well - something else will. but, you can't use that as an excuse. i honestly loved smoking, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. it was very interesting that you could smoke on the first week. chantix gave me that extra help that i needed to get through a tough time.
(announcer) chantix is a non-nicotine pill. in studies, 44% of chantix users were quit during weeks 9 to 12 of trement, compared to 18% on sugar pill. it is proven to reduce the urge to smoke. i did have an unopen pack of cigarettes in my purse and then i think i opened my purse and realized it was still there. and i said, "what the heck, i don't need these..." ...i said, you know, "bye, i don't need you anymore, you're not my crutch, i don't need a crutch." (announcer) talk to your doctor about chantix and a support plan th's right for you. some people have had changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. if you notice agitation, hostility, depression or changes in behavior, thinking or mood that are not typical for you, or if you develop suicidal thoughts or actions, stop taking chantix and call your doctor right away. talk to your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems, which can get worse while taking chantix. some people can have allergic or serious skin reactions to chantix,
some of which can be life threatening. if you notice swelling of face, mouth, throat or a rash stop taking chantix and see your doctor right away. tell your doctor which medicines you are taking as they may work differently when you quit smoking. chantix dosing may be different if you have kidney problems. the most common side effect is nausea. patients also reported trouble sleeping and vivid, unusual or strange dreams. until you know how chantix may affect you, use caution when driving or operating machinery. chantix should not be taken with other quit smoking products. as a non-smoker it's wonderful. the best thing that ever happened. the best thing i have ever done besides my husband, and dogs, and family. with the chantix and witthe support system, it worked. it worked for me. (announcer) talk to your doctor to find out if prescription chantix is right for you. (announcer) talk to your doctor to find out ♪ there's only one word for this ♪ ♪ it's bliss ♪ only one word describes chocolate this creamy,
this rich, this indulgent. bliss. hershey's bliss chocolate. it's not just chocolate. it's bliss. i'm used to hearing "yes" a lot. - yes. - yes, sir. - yes. - absolutely. - yes. - you got it. - of course. - it's not because i'm ceo. - no. - no. - no way. - all: no. it's because at southwest airlines, we're built on customer service. that's why we're here. yep. - yep. - p. - yep. - yep. - yep. - absolutely. no problem. you can count on that from me. we got your customer service right here. grab your bag. it's on. ( ding )
and l ahea and still ahead, a star-packed half hour. the emmy award winning star, patricia heaton is here. a new comedy. and john stamos, on his role in "bye-bye birdie" on broadway. miranda lambert is going to st by. right now, chris is in heaven. he's talking to larry fitzgerald jr. with the football. do you know who you're dealing with there? >> look alt these hands. can catch anything but a cold. what a great day. >> so much ahead our last half what a great day. >> so much ahead our last half hour.
and you worry your pipes might leak (pipe doctor) ask your doctor about treating with vesicare. (pipe woman) then you could treat yourself to a night out with fewer urges or a day with ewer leaks, or a trip with fewer overactive bladder problems. (pipe doctor) " once daily vesicare can help control your bladder muscle and is proven toreduce, frequent, sudden urges and leaks day and night. if you have ncertain stomach or glaucoma nproblems, or trouble emptying your bladder, do not take vesicare. tell your doctor right away if you have a serious ! allergic reaction, severe abdominal pain, or become constipated for three or more days. vesicare may cause blurred vision so use caution while driving or doing unsafe tasks. common side effects " are dry mouth, constipation, an indigestion.
activia light!ht yogurt like no other./ delicious, fat free, and above all... the only one that ha bifidus regularis and is clinically roven to help regulate, your digestive system. ha bifidus regularis activia light. ♪ activiaaa! >> live and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. good morning. i am doug mckelway.
time for a look at traffic and weather. >> quite a busy day on the roads. i am glad you joined us. i will take you to a couple of issues. we will go live in the camera. look closely at that traffic. there is a vehicle stopped at the center lane. it is the beltway at old georgetown road. traffic is having a difficult time parting the waters. a stalled car. here is the delay at 270. it begins at father hurley boulevard. let's look at 395. northbound, slowing from springfield. lanes are open at the pentagon. the pace continues across the 14th street bridge. what is the high temperature expected? >> upper 60's. the winds will make it feel
friends and family are mourning the loss of a marine who was killed in afghanistan. the remains of lance cpl. jordan chrobot arrived on sunday night. he was shot and killed on the front lines on saturday and died on the operating table. he spent nine months before being deployed to afghanistan in may. >> the day he deployed, he called me to tell me not to
worry. and that he would be home soon. where were not thinking he meant it like this. >> i always loved him and i wanted him to be alive forever. >> chrobot leaves behind his wife, his parents, and his three siblings. more than 70 midshipman's are recovering from what may have been the swine flu. they were quarantined. they were put in isolation at bancroft hall. all have been treated and released. fairfax county officials are looking at a new way to deal with a budget shortfall. they are considering selling the naming rights of sports fiel. they're looking to medford, oregon, for some inspiration. >> it is new, it is outside the
box. >> i believe parks should be a place of natural beauty and ere should be no advertising. >> county officials say they are willing to compromise and sell them rights to facilities within the parks. it is better than an earlier proposal. thousands of people are expected at fedex field might to say u2 in concert. morgan boulevard stations will stay open until 1:00 a.m.. we will have another news update for you at 8:00 the to six. ♪ late for church or stuck in jail ♪ ♪ word's going to get around
everybody tks ♪ ♪ in a small town everybody in a small town ♪ miranda lambert's new cd, out today. you're going to hear why she's one of the most acclaimed voices in country music. congratulations on your nomination, cma, top vocals of the year. good to have you with us, as well. inside, with diane and chris, i'm robin. sam, as you know, is in chicago. everybody loves patricia heaton. i've been having some girl talk with her upstairs. the two-time emmy award winning star is back with a new comedy. she says it's dedicated to everybody out there who has multitasked within an inch of their lives. and not sure they can do anymore. >> don't worry, john.
john stamos is here in the studio with us. a highly-anticipated revival of "bye-bye birdie." that takes some guts, my man. >> i know. >> and the always funny and delightful john stamos is with us this half hour. our friend, sam champion, i'm working on the pronunciation of everything. he's in chicago. he has the weather for us. how are you, this morning? >> good morning. diane, robin, chris, john -- i couldn't go through the list of people there. we are at the bethune school of excellence here. last year, 30% of the kids weren't testing to grade here. so, chicago public schools said, we're going to change that. and volunteers came in and said, 're going to give it a face-lift. let me show you what the classrooms were like. we're in one of the pre-k classrooms. a year ago, they were bare. kind of shells. and there wasn't a whole lot of interest in kids getting
learning going on in these places. now, we'll show you a time lapse of workers and volunteers coming in here, to redo some of these classrooms. and basically, they came through and did everything. they patched up things. they painted things. they put things in here that kids want to interact with. right on the other side of the door, by the way, are the pre-k kids who will be in this classroom. bring everybody in. they're with their rents. hey, guys. good morning. how are you guys? come over here. and michelle millen is here, co-founder of hands-on network. come on in. this is your new classroom. don't let me stop you. do whatever you want to do. pick up something, if you want. which one do you want? you want the race car? michelle, one of the things i wanted to ask you -- you want another one? a race car, too? how about a fish? there are programs, michelle, everywhere, all over the country. if you're sitting at home and want to do something, all they have to do is connect to you somehow, right?
>> that's right. hands-on network, is the largest network of volunteer activities. this year, everybody has a chance to give back. this year, we're celebrating the power of service with disney. they're not only going to get the reward of volunteering, but also -- >> a kickback. a day at the park. we'll connect you to hands-on network, right? >> that's right. >> if you'll go to abcnews.com. you can find out what's going on in your area. how are you? i'm good. let's get to the boards. show you one or two things going on. a look at the fly-by map. for most places in the country, it's cooler. but good-looking skies. one or two clouds and showers in the northwest. that's going to deliver a little mountain snow. phoenix holds >> thank you. we do see the clouds building in. cool air starts to build in. the winds will howl.
cool air starts to build in. the winds will howl. want a hammer? anybody want a hammer? wee live in chicago right now, showing everybody the new classroom. chris? is it chris or robin? >> chris works. thanks, sam. we all know patricia heaton as the emmy award-winning actress from "everybody loves raymond." that's the past. there's a new show called "the middle." and patricia heaton is falling all in love with comedy once again. it's going to premiere wednesday night at 8:30. we're happy to have you here. >> great to be here. >> you're playing to the real america. this is a heartland family. >> i'm from ohio. the writers are from indiana and illinois. eileen and deian. it's a love letter to the midwest. we get to laugh at what midwest
life is like. and it's sort of try to find the humor and the joy in the daily grind of trying to keep your family together. >> and so much focus right now on the american family, that this is good. tell me this. is this true? is this true, patricia heaton, that you almost let this one go? >> the hours on this show are quite a bit different than they were on "raymond." this past friday, i went in at 9:00 in the morning and got done at midnight. but the scripts are so good. it's hard to find a good script. and most nights i'm home by 6:00. that was my biggest thing. what attracted to me was the scripts are hilarious. and i feel you need to have a show on tv, for american people. for all the people between new york and l.a. >> why not? >> they watch tv. >> that's the country, after all, right? >> yeah. >> it's not just the fringes.
it's the middle. we have a clip of "the middle." this is a typical morn. >> mike, look at this. i haven't had my driver's license picture taken in seven years. th is the old one. what happened to me? >> back then, you were young and shiny, wondering what your life's going to be. and now -- well, now, you know. >> mom? >> hey, come in here if you want to talk to me. axle, put some pants on. maybe it was just a bad picture. i mean, yikes. that i'm not young and shiny t anymore? >> coloring the hair. was that a crayola? >> that is a magic marker. i have the exact version of that. but i do the exact same thing. >> how much of being a real mom -- you have teenagers yourself -- bleeds over into understanding the character? >> we were doing an episode where frankie, my character,
doesn't have time for herself. and the teachers are calling with problems for the kids. i was at work, on the phone, with the teacher, a problem with my kid, and trying to do my job. come on. on a shoot. hold on. mrs. hubbard, yeah. he'll do his home work. i'm literally on the set, living the thing that we're shooting. it's very easy for me. i had to do no research for the part. >> you do the tv. you did the stage. "don't get god started." >> i did this that at the second stage, with tony shalhoub, the year before last. i mix it up. keep it going. i love to come back to new york when i'm done with this and just do theater. >> you've been successful and that is great. let me clear up another myth. is it true, that according to a man who will stay anonymous, ray ramono," that you only got the job because you would kiss him? >> this is what i hear. me and his wife were the only ones to do it and they had to
pay me. >> it r you excited again? first, you have to play mom. >> scripts are so great. i'm excited about doing it. we're really having a good time. chris kattan, neil flynn from "scrubs," plays my husband. >> we're looking forward to it. patricia heaton, a pressure. "the middle," premieres this wednesday. 8:30, 7:30 central. when we come back, mr. john stamos when we come back, mr. john stamos
how to get rich, by america's health insurance companies. raise health insurance premiums 4 times faster than wages. pay your ceo twenty four million dollars a year. deny payment for 1 out of every 5 treatments doctors prescribe. if the insurance companies win, you lose. tell congress to rewrite the story. we want good health care we can afford with the choice of a public health insurance option.
a smile. the eyes. no wonder everybody in the him.ence was hugging and kissing you should have seen this a minute ago. >> i feel violated by your live studio audience. and quite frankly, i loved it. >> mauled again. our audience downstairs. we've seen him on every screen, television and big screen. but he's in a revival of the musical "bye-bye birdie." october 15th. it opens right here in broadway in new york city. the first time it's been revived. >> i know. >> we think it's been -- >> every high school has done -- every community theater's done it. it feels like it's been around. but this is the first time in almost 50 years it's been back on broadway. >> and you decided to take the role of albert peterson, not the role of birdie. >> first of all, i'm too old to -- i used to be offered the conrad birdie part. i feel closer to the albert
character. i think i'm quirkier and neurotic than most people think. >> i read a piece that said, of his mother, which is me?fraid >> oh, me. yes. it's a much more interesting role for me to kind of take on. like a quirky, you know, guy who is really trying to grow up. and grow a backbone. you know, and stand up to his mother. and take responsibility for his love. you know, universal themes. but the show is so delightful. the kids are great. gene is great. i look in the audience and -- the kids -- i know i'm sounding like i'm doing a commercial. but 5-year-old kids and 70-year-old, 80-year-old people, they're loving the show. >> and you have to color the gray in your hair. i didn't see that. >> i tried so many years not to get gray. >> how did that happen? >> the character's supposed to be a little younger. and i have to do my own makeup,
which is ridiculous. >> you do? >> that's how you do it in the theater. some nights i look fine. some nights i look like a kabuki dancer. from the infomercial, i bought the spray thing. in the middle of the night, i'm asleep and i see this. that will be good. i spray myself. and they threw me on the stage. >> what color were you? not known to human beings? >> i got all the colors. that's why you should see the show more than once. a different shade each night. >> this is the dick van dyke role. >> uh-huh. >> we think of "put on a happy face." >> that song -- >> do you channel him when you're singing it? >> you're not supposed to think of the past. when i think about dick van dyke all the time. he was so delightful. still is. >> are you absolutely confident singing? and dancing? >> no. i'm confident, if i really wor hard at something. and i have to be honest with you. i've worked harder on this than
anything in my whole life. i always felt that i put in 60%, 70% of what i had into everything. and got by. this i put 100% in. i'm so honored to be on broadway. originating a role like this. it's so exciting. every nights -- you know. >> i heard one night in the previews you forgot the words and went -- everybody cheered. >> i was on antibiotics. your mind gets scrambled. my last line in the show, is i got a job at pump and falls junior high school. i can't say it now. and i turn into jerry lewis. thank god gina was so sweet and said, easy for you to say. the audience was so happy. it's one of the great, pure moments. it's the reason you do theater. you never know what's going to happen. >> we put on our happy faces. go to see "bye-bye birdie." john stamos. see what color he is. see if he remembers the words.
>> right. >> get jerry lewis that night. >> you get it all. >> anything can happen. it's great to have you in the morning, too. >> happy to be back here. we'll be back. >> happy to be back here. we'll be back. miranda lambert, hera la there's nothing more important than our health. so when it comes to health reform, we need a solution that works for all of us. now the president and congress have a plan that combines the best ideas, from democrats and republicans, business owners and workers, doctors, nurses and patients. a plan that keeps bureaucrats out of your health care
you choose your own doctor, make your own decisions, and you can't be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition. that's reform we can all feel good about. but i've got a warm, fresh baked strawberry toaster strudel. see the difference? mmmm. i do. (announcer) pillsbury toaster strudel. the one kids want to eat. that on the list of things kids love, our party pizzas have just passed toy robots. ( crash, beeps ) awkward. kids love totino's party pizzas.
in a long line of amazing performance machines. this is the new e-coupe. this is mercedes-benz. wow. we have a country star for you who really has it all. she's been named one of "people" magazine's 100 most beautiful. and "esquire's" most terrifying woman of the year. it all makes sense if you know miranda mbert. she has great hits like "care row seen," and "crazy
ex-girlfriend." >> good to be back. today is the big day for me. >> it is nice. ken kenny chesney, he is a friend of the show. you were out touring all summer with him. >> we were out. >> what did he do to you? >> we were worried the whole tour. we knew he was famous for bad pranks to pull on the last day. they brought my bad boy buggy. disassembled it. and brought it out on stage on blocks with parts laying over the stage. it's pretty sad. i made them put it back together. that's funny, ha, ha. now, what am i going to do? >> did you give him the look? he got the look of death. >> the new album, "revolution." "revolution" is the title. but also, it's an evolution for you. you're growing into your song writing skills, as well. 11 of the 14 songs, you co-wrote, right?
>> yeah, i did. >> and you're working with your boyfriend on this album? >> we have three songs that we co-wrote together. he's an artist in his own right. >> he is. >> he's doing something different with m kind of getting out of his comfort zone, doing stuff on my record. so, really fun to collaborate together. >> great. everybody wants to hear the music. "white liar," from the new album, "revolution," miranda lambert. ♪ hey white liar truth comes out ♪ ♪ a little at a time and it spreads ♪ ♪ just like a fire slips off of your tongue ♪ ♪ like turpentine and i don't know why, white liar ♪
♪ you better be careful what you do ♪ ♪ i wouldn't want to be in your shoes ♪ ♪ if they ever found you out ♪ ♪ you better be careful what you say ♪ ♪ it never really added ♪ and i got friends in this town ♪ ♪ hey, white liar the truth comes out ♪ ♪ a little at a time it spreads just like a fire ♪ ♪ spreads off of your tongue like turpentine ♪ ♪ and i don't know why white liar ♪ ♪ you said you went out to a bar ♪ ♪ and walked some lady to her car ♪ ♪ but your face has
more to tell ♪ ♪ my cousin saw you on the street ♪ ♪ with a redhead named bernice ♪ ♪ turns out you don't lie too well ♪ ♪ hey white liar truth comes out ♪ ♪ a little at a time it spreads ♪ ♪ just like a fire slips off of your tongue ♪ ♪ like turpentine and i don't know why ♪ ♪ white liar ♪ here's a bombshell just for you ♪ ♪ turns out i've been lying, too ♪ ♪ yeah i'm a white liar the truth comes out ♪
for his record protecting our schools... creigh deeds' plan to rebuild our economy starts with education. more accountability... and expanded college opportunities. creigh deeds. no one more committed to our children's future. no leader more prepared to move virginia forward. no one more committed to our children's future. parentheses have a place but not on your face. smooth those lines away for up to a year with juvéderm®. juvéderm® is a smooth injectable gel your doctor uses to smooth out wrinkles like those lines on the sides of your nose and mouth instantly. side effects... usually mild to moderate included temporary injection site reactions like redness, pain, firmness, swelling or bumps. smooth, natural. everyone will notice but no one will know. ask your doctor about juvéderm®.
great to have you. >> and a wonderfully inspiring story. tomorrow, the next coup toll be booted off "dancing with the stars." they'll be here. so will we. they'll be here. so will we. by >> live and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. good morning. 8:56. i am doug mckelway. let's check traffic and weather. >> heads up if you take the george washington parkway. northbound, they're on the way to a crash beyond the beltway. slow from fair oaks to get into vienna.
unusual delays leaving route 7. there is a hot dog trailer broken down. everyone is hungry and looking at it. there is a delay on the outer loop beyond new hampshire avenue. delays are easing as you see off the dulles greenway. dulles toll road heavy out of reston. >> outside, upper 50's. silver spring, up 55. temperatures will start to pick up. the winds will bring in some clouds. it will look and feel like it fall day. breezy and more of the same tomorrow. lots of sunshine on thursday. friday starts with sunshine. low 70's with some rain. linger into saturday. a fall-like field.